Workshop design

by Damian

Hi there, My question is due to planning regs the limit on the overall height to the ridge is 2.5m. So if I go for a gable-shaped roof the rise from eaves to ridge would be 0.5m with a floor to eaves height of 2.0m.

The area I have available is 4.6m x 4.0 m and I would want to make use of the whole area if possible.

Do you have any advice on roof design and also do you think this would look odd or 'boxy'?

Really grateful for any help


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by: John

Hi Damian,

Thank you for your question. The roof that you are proposing could be considered to look fairly boxy but the best way to consider different options is to use Sketchup, which is a free software which you can use to quickly get an idea of how different shed designs would look.

When it comes to sheds you sometimes just have to build what fits and you will grow to like it. ;-)

When you are investigating see what a shed with a ‘flat roof’ would look like (not really flat, go for a minimum fall of 1:40), it also might be worth experimenting with a hipped roof. This is what I used for my shed (which also had to come in at under 2.5m, but is slightly smaller on plan).

One other thing to think of with a shed such as this is to ensure that the roof is waterproof through your selection of roof membrane. With a flat roof an EPDM membrane might be your best option and you could even use this to form a green roof.

I hope that the above is of some help, let me know how you get on.

All the best


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